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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. this could be the single most important day in donald trump's presidential bid. the nominee will hold his first official meeting with a head of state in a country that's been angered and insulted by his tough talk on immigration. then mr. trump will travel to the border state of arizona for a major speech on the reforms that propelled his candidacy but also polarized millions of people on both sides of the border, including mexico's former president ripping into trump moments ago on cnn. >> he is not welcome to mexico. by 130 million people, we don't like him. we don't want him. we reject his visit. i don't understand why president pena has offered this opportunity. i think it's nothing more than a political stunt. trump is using mexico's, he's
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using president pena to boost his sinking poll numbers. i think the president pena is taking an enormous political risk by hosting trump. >> okay. so we're covering all the angles of the story this morning. we start in mexico city with john bobbing ahead of trump's visit. he's on the phone. john, take it away. >> caller: i'd like to say donald trump not popular in mexico to say the least. not just because of tough words on immigration. he's had a tough policy on trade as well. mexico has bnt focus of his campaign since the day it began. keep in mind, this is the place that makes pinatas of trump. also, the current president of mexico, enrique pena nieto, back in march he drew a line connecting trump and fascist
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dictators in europe. he said there have been episodes in human history where this strident rhetoric led to ominous situations in the history of humanity. >> oh, my goodness. we lost him. i apologize for that. because i was really excited myself to hear what john vause has to say. donald trump is head today mexico before his big speech in arizona that will happen sometime later this morning. as you heard john vause say, mr. trump is not exactly popular in mexico. what will he say to the mexican president? he said a bunch of nasty stuff about trade with mexico, right, and getting rid of nafta which is in mexico's interests. perhaps it will be a contentious conversation. we don't know. then there's that big immigration speech tonight in arizona. mr. trump will present his immigration plan once and for all. jason carroll is live with a
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preview of that and what mr. trump's running mate had to say about mr. trump's speech, about all of this. >> about all of it. at this point, you really can't talk about one without talking about the other. before we even get to the speech, let's go over a few quick things about that meeting and what might happen. as you know, mike pence spoke about this a little earlier today on cnn. he seems fairly confident that there will be some sort of a discussion about the wall. we know that donald trump will not be alone, right? we know that former new york city mayor rudy giuliani will be there, senator jeff sessions will be joining him and jared kushner. trump won't be alone. will there be an offer of an apology for all the rhetoric that's gone back and fort. it's not just donald trump, it's the mexican president as well. let's go back to what mike pence had to say about that meeting first. >> today is really the beginning of a conversation. negotiations will follow this.
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it all precedes ought of a relationship. to know donald trump is to know not your standard issue politician, but really a business leader that knows, you first got to sit down with people, you got to look them in the eye and tell them where you stand. they can express their positions. that's where real negotiations can can begin. make no mistake about it, i'm confident that my running mate will be clear with president pena nieto about our priority of securing the border, building a wall. >> so now to the speech. that's the other big story of the day, obviously and what might donald trump say. his hard liners are obviously looking for him to stick to his original promise to deport the 11 million people, undocumented people living here in the united states. there's been some sort of a question if he would soften his approach, soften his rhetoric. well, his son weighed in on this particular issue. so now let's listen to what he had to say about the speech.
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>> we have to let i.c.e. do their job, enforce the existing laws on the books. some of this isn't rocket science. these are laws that are there today. they've been expanded. the guys are basically told they can't do that. we have to have baby steps first. we have to let i.c.e. do their jobs and do it for the benefit of the american people. >> the key words there are baby steps. we've never heard donald trump use that term baby step in any way, shape or form in terms of relation to his immigration policy. so perhaps what we're going to be seeing later on when he does get this immigration speech is what kelly ann conway said initially, which is what you will not see in terms of a softening of policy, but a softening of approach. i know we're parsing words there. not my words. their words. >> it will be interesting to see how his discussion with the mexican president plays into
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that. >> what we're hearing is that trump's policy positions, at least what the campaign is saying, will remain the same. >> all right. jason carroll, thank you so much. with me now, a member of the national hispanic advisory council for trump and a las vegas radio commentator and daniel garza, a leader of a nonprofit group for the hispanic community. welcome to both of you. wow. there's a lot to talk about. let's hit it right now, shall we? >> jesus, is this trip to mexico a little risky for mr. trump? what if he sits down and says, hey, i'm going to build this wall, mr. president and the mexican president says no, you're not, because we're not paying for that? what then? >> i think trump is going to mexico by invitation of the mexican president. it's something normal. mexican president is a 4r50leadf
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a country that is our neighbor. obviously extended the invitation to both candidates. it's very real that mr. trump and clinton could be the next president of the united states. so it is very smart to have both invited to mexico. up until now, ms. clinton has not accepted that invitation and trump did. i don't see nothing wrong with that. >> daniel, the mexican president said he extended the invitation to mr. trump to, "protect mexicans wherever they are." what does he mean by that? >> well, look, i imagine -- i know jesus said this is very normal. for me, it's actually extraordinary that a mexican president would involve himself at this juncture in a campaign race, two presidential candidates and try to influence either the campaign or the policies themselves in the ad vent of a possibility of a term
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candidacy. i understand that pena nieto the president of mexico is concerned about the rhetoric coming from donald trump regarding immigration. he has taken very harsh positions to answer your question. so there's a legitimate concern about mexicans abroad. but i think his biggest worry is the fact that donald trump is threatening to undo nafta which has been very beneficial to mexico. there's an interdependency between mexico and the united states. i want to make sure that's addressed and taken care of and there's a strong relationship between the two countries that continues forward. >> so that is important, nafta. the people of mexico, that is an important issue, especially when it comes to the economy in mexico. i'll go back to my initial point, jesus. mexico's president, his approval ratings are extraordinarily low in mexico. he's in the midst of all of these scandals right now. mr. trump's approval ratings is also extraordinarily low.
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isn't there a chance that the mexican president could be using mr. trump to help his own poll numbers? >> oh, that could be an argument. again, yes, even though in the -- some may see this as an extraordinary event, it's also possible that donald trump could be our next president and the president of mexico is trying to get a good relationship with either one of the candidates which is clinton and trump. now, going back to the risky part, you know, president pena nieto is going through some scandals, the main one being the casablanca scandal. which, by the way, i don't see different too much from the clinton foundation scandal. but the fact that it is risky doesn't mean that this could be also a productive meeting.
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donald trump being a business leader by his -- i think this could be something positive for both of them. >> here's the thing. actually, hillary clinton's campaign is sort of dredging up all of the things that mr. trump has said about mexico on her website. she's released a string of tweets that donald trump sent out during his run for the presidency. i'm giving you samples. donald trump tweeted out mexico's court system krumt. i want nothing to do with mexico other than to stop them from ripping off the united states. another tweet from donald trump about mexico. mexico's totally corrupt government looks -- with "el chapo's" escape. another one from donald trump about mexico. only stupid people think that the united states is making good trade deals with mexico. mexico is killing us at the border and at trade.
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do you think, daniel, that the mexican president will bring up any of niethese tweets when he meets with mr. trump and after the meeting is done, how might the mexican president spin this? >> i hope he does bring it up. look, it is a harsh rhetoric. it's aught only rhetoric. it's the harsh policy positions he's taken. he wants to get remittance frs migrants sending money back to mothers and grand mothers. he wants to rescind birthright citizenship, build a wall. let's also remember that hillary clinton has been very harsh in her positions as well in the past. she spoke with derision and contempt about contempt while a senator of new york refused to provide them driver's licenses when she was running for president the first time. also called to return the migrant kids from central america back to an environment where there was drug traders and
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sex traders and violence going on. so she's also had to step back. she also voted numerous times according to her for 700 miles more of wall. i think both candidates have something to answer for. i think if we can get a shift on not only the narrative from donald trump but a shift on policy that's going to make our country stronger and get the economy back on track and allow the private sector to respond to market forces, i would be very pleased and so would other latinos as well. >> for trump core supporters, any shift in tone would terribly disappoint them, jesus? >> i agree with garza. both candidates have had harsh rhetoric in terms of mexico and immigrants. the good thing is that now mr. trump is at least trying to open the dialog with latino leaders here and the united states and going to mexico.
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obviously, without abandoning his principle of securing the border and making sure that from here on, immigration that comes into the united states is -- goes through the legal process. of course, he's also still under the foundation of making sure that the current laws are enforced, the current immigration laws are enforced. president obama, the president has deported more people in the last decade, nobody talks too much about that. donald trump is going to just confirm the laws and make sure that those laws are enforced. then we'll see what happens with the other 11 million people that are here that don't have any other criminal record in their past. >> i have to leave it there. thanks to both of you. jesus marquez, daniel garza. thank you. hillary clinton back on the campaign trail in the
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donald trump visits mexico today. hillary clinton is focusing on a state she hopes to put a win in, that would be ohio. clinton speaking about veterans issues at the american legion convention. will her visit be overshadowed by trump's big trip south of the border? trump's running mate mike pence tells cnn that the visit with mexico's president is a sign of trump's leadership. i don't know where hillary clinton is today. i heard she's going to cincinnati. i think they can see the contrast donald trump drops what he's doing and heads down to mexico to sit down with the president of that country to begin a conversation about how we move the interests of the
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american people forward and how we work with our neighbors in a more constructive and effective way. >> all right. so let's talk about that. here to discuss, david cantonese, senior political reporter. maria cardona, clinton supporter and cnn political commentator, welcome to both of you. >> good morning. >> because an invitation was extended to hillary clinton as well, should she have can sld her trip to ohio and visited the mexican president instead? >> absolutely not. this is something taking place in the united states of america. the most important thing hillary clinton can do is have a conversation with american voters. look, i actually see it the opposite as mr. pence says. i think that this looks like an act of desperation on behalf of donald trump. i call it the political equivalent of an ave maria pass. his campaign is going off the
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rail. what he's trying to prove to americans is that he can be presidential and meet with world leaders, that his experience on the world stage isn't just the beauty pageants that he has leadered in the past. so i think most americans will see right through this because they also see a candidate who is rash, who doesn't think things through and i think it will also be difficult for the mexican president because as you have noted on your show, he's got very low approval ratings, donald trump is incredibly unpopular. so if mr. pena nieto doesn't come out afterward and say i stood up to mr. trump and said there's no way in hell i'm paying for this wall, i said he's got to treat mexicans with dignity and respect, that's not going to look good for trump. it will be interesting to see how he mansion this. >> but still, david, you could argue that donald trump is going into the hornet's nest, going to
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sit across from a man who clearly disagrees with his policies and he's either going to give it to him or he's going to negotiate and that's what presidents do. >> maybe. but it's unlikely that either of these leaders are going to come out and trash each other in a joint state of illinoment right. president nieto said some tough things, tough comparisons, comparing his rhetoric to adolf hitler. i don't think he's going to say that with mr. trump next to him today. i think it will be a cordial meeting, a meeting you're trying to feel each other out. i don't think there will be a grand deal that will be announced. of course not. trump hasn't even been elected. the president of mexico has softened his rhetoric and said he would work with mr. trump if he was elected. that he would be respectful towards him. that's what you're going to see. this is a photo-op. it's a photo-op for american politics. that's how we play our politics in this country. mr. trump is going to dominate
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the media today because of this. no one will be talking about hillary clinton's speech. if he comes out telephone without a mistake, without an embarrassment, it is a good day for him because it dominates the media and it dominates the topic that he wants to be talking about and then leads into the speech tonight. frankly, it also could show trump as a deal maker willing to take a chance while hillary clinton has mostly been out of the spotlight for ten days. she's back on the trail today. >> here's the thing about that. there's yet another e-mail controversy because of, i guess, the state department has recovered e-mails from clinton's server that could be linked to the ben gghazi attack and relead to the public in a month or two. hillary clinton is dealing with that, maria, right? now trump is going to mexico and she's overshadowed in ohio, what davis said. there's a new poll out. an abc news "washington post"
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paul showing that mrs. clinton's unfavorability is just below trump's. the rosie glow after her convention appears to be gone. >> but yet, she's leading in most national polls by 5 to 10 points. so she will continue -- >> before you go on, this poll also shows that clinton's popularity among women has flipped. 45% now view her as favorable, 52% unfavorable. donald trump picked up 6 points with women. >> but she still leads by women, college educated white women by 20 points. again, you have to look at where she actually is when it comes to polls. i think what's most important here, carol, she's going to continue -- the election isn't tomorrow. frankly, if it was tomorrow, i think hillary clinton would win. she's going to continue to focus on the conversation with american voters. that's what she's doing in ohio today. she's going to continue to focus on what she's going to be doing
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for them to help them in their economics, to help keep america safe, make sure that they have a prosperous future for themselves and their children. she will continue to make the contrast, carol, with donald trump who she will emphasize and continue to underscore does not have the temperament to be president. >> do you see the poll numbers a different way, davis? >> the race has tightened. no doubt about it. hillary clinton is still up. she's still the front-runner to be the next president of the united states. but her lead has tightened. i think the post con vings bump that she did have has narrowed. i think the trump campaign, if you talk to them, they feel like they have had a good ten days or so, but it's mostly because of the clinton foundation stories. now you have democrats increasingly more democrats coming out saying, you got to shut the clinton foundation down, got to have all of the family members out of it, new safeguards up. she should be dealing with this now so voters can trust her. and you have more polls coming
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out and focus groups coming out saying they don't trust that the clinton foundation put up the safeguards. she hasn't been transparent on that. to compound it, more e-mails are coming out on the benghazi attack. if you're a voter -- but they have identified new potential e-mails that potentially were held back by the clinton state department. why weren't those e-mails turned over. look, this is a question that could have been put to rest years ago by secretary clinton and they haven't. this is a drag on her. she is still the front-runner, no doubt it. she's still up in polls. but i think donald trump is creeping up on her and that should be concerning. >> i got to leave it there, guys. i'm sorry. >> you can come back any time. this was a very enjoyable conversation. thank you. >> thanks, carol. >> you're welcome. still to come, donald trump says immigrants are stealing jobs americans want. but is that really true? well, it was nice to see everyone.
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donald trump will travel too mexico to meet with president enrique pena nieto today. the visit comes hours before what trump's campaign calls a big speech on immigration where he's expected to once again make the case that undocumented immigrants are taking american jobs. a point he hit at a rally in washington just last night. >> there is no better evidence of the fact that hillary clinton's immigration policy which brings in illegal immigrants and -- well, is that a true statement? it brings in illegal immigrants and refugees to take jobs from
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our hard-working african-american and hispanic citizens and they want those jobs. >> so are immigrants really taking jobs americans want? cnn money correspondent has been digging into that. she joins us to tell whaus she found. >> many industries rely on a predominantly -- not many want to talk about that precisely because of statements like that. they're giving jobs away to immigrants. but u.s. farmers are very vocal about the fact that they are very much worried about donald trump's immigration policies and here's why. >> joe has been farming this land for years. he's fought drought, bugs and disease. one of his biggest obstacles has nothing to do with mother nature. >> on day one, i'm going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this
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country. >> donald trump's pledge to crackdown on undocumented workers propels him to the republican nomination. if he follows through, it would destroy his business. >> every canteloupe in this field and every canteloupe that goes to the store and goes to your table is picked by an immigrant's hand. now, you take away those hands and you don't have those fresh fruits and veg tablts anymore. >> undocumented immigrants are the life blood of agriculture. more than half of all farm workers are not supposed to be here. >> starting in the 1980s, there's been a constant influx of new people from mexico. >> recently, that steady influx has slowed. >> when did the light switch go off for you to say oh, my goodness, things have drastically changed. >> i think it happened six or eight years ago. we barely had enough labor to get by. there were actually times in the last six years where we were
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actually short crews. >> short on labor, farmers have left crops to rot. >> if i pick it a day early, we have disappointment. if i pick that piece of fruit a day late, it's a disaster. competition for labor is fierce. we've lost a pick or a variety simply because we couldn't get the labor that we need. >> competition is driving wages higher. the average is $12 an hour. up 5% in the last year. but the higher pay isn't bringing more americans to the fields. >> i don't think we will ever get americans back in the fields in large numbers picking crops. >> farmers say the jobs are here right now and americans won't do them. >> we can't get americans to come and do that. >> you can't? >> no, we can't. >> you really can't? what if you pay them more? >> we have 300 employees harvesting canteloupe. we probably have two people who are not immigrants in the 300 people. we will hire anybody that comes
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here. >> somebody to come and done it. they do it for one hour and they left. >> jorge has been working on farms for decades. >> you carry a lot of weight all day long. >> up on the ladder with the tons of fruit. >> many farm workers are getting older. >> typical farm worker traditionally has been a 28, 29-year-old, but now they're a decade older. 38, 39. >> it's part of the reason that america is producing less of its own food. today, the u.s. imports 20% of its food. that number grows every year. u.s. agriculture is built on the backs of undocumented workers. it's not clear the system can function without them. in fact, trump promises to get american jobs back but his policies could have the opposite effect sending food production
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jobs elsewhere. >> it's not as if restaurants are going to close because there's no u.s.-produced peaches. there will still be peaches. they may be grown in south africa or chile or some other country. >> which may be fine for consumers. but not for american farmers and their workers. >> they're working and they're happy to be making money. and that's a great thing for us and the american public. every time they pick up a fresh fruit, they should be grateful somebody is out here in 100-degree weather picking that fruit for them. >> so carol, i combed through a lot of data on immigration and its contribution to the u.s. economy. i think what's lost in the debate is the fact that immigration of all kinds actually contributes to economic activity. not just in the form of a larger workforce, but in household formation and in home building. they're contributing to the economy and i think that's
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what's lost here. >> here's what conservatives might say. what's wrong with those undocumented immigrants that are working in the fields being here legally? getting the proper documentation and continuing to work the fields? >> there needs to be a pathway for them to actually take to get that legal documentation. right now the farmers who are employing these people say that that pathway is too complex and too costly for them to execute on. >> interesting. christina a a leash i. thank you very much. i love that story. thank you so much. opening bell on wall street moments ago. all eyes on apple after the european slapped the tech giant with a $14 billion tax bill. alison kosik live at the new york sock stock exchange. not getting too riled up about
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the tax bill apple has. lost 3% during the trading day but then recovered. overall, it's been a rough year for the stock, which is widely held. and a lot of 401(k) cats. it's up 4.1% after slumping sales. we'll see after the iphone 7 is announced on september 7th. before i go, what day is it? not just hump day. the last trading day of the month. all three of the major averages are up. but for the year, the return so far not too shabby. dow up almost 6%. the s&p 500 up about 6.5%. that's good if you've got a 401(k). usually tracks the s&p 500. we have seen stocks waver as investors have been playing the guessing game whether the fed would raise rates. still, three meetings left when the fed could do that this year. carol? >> alison kosik reporting live for us. thanks so much. still to come, isis promising revenge as a top leader of the terror group is killed. the kill
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highest profile member. this key deep at this repeatedly called for attacks on the west. russia claim thag they killed them near the border outside of aleppo. clarissa ward in london with more on this. good morning. >> good morning, carol. abu mohammed al adnani is one of the most important leaders in isis or was one of the most important leaders in isis. he was one of the so-called founding fathers of the group, was part of al qaeda in iraq before it morphed into isis. he was largely believed to be the number 2 in the group, a possible successor to isis
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leader al baghdadi and his most public role was as the spokesman of the group. behind the scenes he was an integral strategist and also a propagandaist for the group. he oversaw the elements and actions of one of isis' most important divisions, the external branch devoted to carrying attacks outside of syria and particularly in the west. adnani was very much believed to be pivotal in this, in the recruitment, training, logistics and support of facilitating that network outside of syria and particularly, of course, in europe. he also played a role in inspiring isis supporters or would-be isis fighters. he gave a speech just over a year ago where he said, if you're not a member of the group, if you don't have a gun or a knife, it doesn't matter. you can use your car or your rock. anything you can do to kill the
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infidels. undoubtedly this is a very important milestone in the battle against isis. at the same time, though, carol, it's important to keep this in perspective because isis is a very resilient organization. it adapts quickly and we have seen over and over and over again previously, with the killing of osama bin laden, with the killing of abu zarqawi, because of the strongest elements is the idea of a shared identity, taking out leadership dot no, sir deeply hurt the group, carol. >> all right, clarissa ward reporting live from london this morning. thank you. still to come, singer chris brown facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon. the bizarre standoff, next.
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singer chris brown facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon after another run-in with police. it all started when a woman called 911 from inside brown's home, saying the singer pointed a gun at her head as she admired a piece of jewelry. that brought out a massive police response with parts of the hours-long standoff playing out on social media. cnn's kyung lah is following the story. she's live in los angeles. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. 14 hours long standoff. it certainly was strange even by hollywood standards. it did begin with that call, that woman's call for help. when brown refused to comply with police, that's when this escalated. then he turn to social media to
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air his grievances using some colorful language. >> barricaded myself in my house? have you seen my house? i'ma barricade myself in a palace? i'm not coming out? for what? >> reporter: singer chris brown's social media tirade in the middle of a houring long police standoff. inside his los angeles mansion. outside, a growing police presence. friends interviewed by officers coming out one by one. >> he did not pull a gun on a girl? >> no. >> what happened? >> reporter: the lapd says a woman did call police for help, prompting the law enforcement response. telling tmz she's the one who called 911, saying during a party at his house, brown pointed a weapon at her. >> he said, get the "f" out of here and threatened me with it. >> reporter: the singer posted videos on instagram. >> when i call the police, for stalker people endangering my life, they don't come until the
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next day. make some [ bleep ] allegation about me and oh, yeah, the whole [ bleep ] s.w.a.t. team. >> reporter: the whole tirade bizarre. >> all you can [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: brown did eventually did speak with police at his front-door. his longtime celebrity lawyer at his side. >> my client is cooperating. there's no truth to it. we're going to let it play out. >> reporter: the grammy-award winning singer has a history of assault charges, including felony assault of then girlfriend rihanna. after 14 hours, this hollywood spectacle concluding with a mundane drive downtown. >> mr. chris brown will be tr s transported by detectives to robbery and homicide division where he will be booked with assault with a deadly weapon.
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>> reporter: his attorney tweeted out an update. his attorney is mark geragos. he writes, thanks to everyone for their support and well wishes. chris is out and well. the allegations against him are demonstrably false. bond was set at $250,000. he paid that, carol, and he has a hearing in a few weeks, carol. >> kyung lah reporting live for us from los angeles, thank you. checking some other top stories for you. it is history in the sky. for the first time in more than 50 years, a direct commercial air service from the united states to cuba is set to resume today. a jetblue flight from ft. lauderdale to central cuba expected -- actually we think it's taxiing right now. not everyone is celebrating the change though. some u.s. lawmakers say they're concerned about security at cuban airports. we'll keep you posted. a $15 minimum wage, a no go in new jersey, at least for now. the governor vetoing the bill
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that would have raised the state's minimum wage to 15 bucks by 2021. christie says the bill would have made doing business in new jersey unaffordable. when quarterback colin kaepernick sits out the national anthem tomorrow, he'll do so in front of a large military crowd. san diego is set to host 240 sailors, marines and soldiers on the field in their final preseason game against the 49ers. for the 28th annual salute to military celebration. kaepernick has clarified his protest is not intended to be disrespectful to the military. now he's getting growing support for members of the military during twitter. some backing him with messages and photos on #veteransforkaepernick. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break. get between you and life's dobeautiful moments.llergens
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happening now in the "newsroom, the stakes could not be higher. >> build that wall! >> today, donald trump sets the record straight on his signature issue. >> when mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. they're bring drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists. 11 million people in this country that came in illegally, they will go out. >> first, a surprise trip south of the border and a face-to-face meeting with mexico's president. >> i will build a great, great wall on our southern border and i will have mexico pay for that wall. mark my words. >> there isn't a way mexican people can pay for a wall like that. >> let's talk live in the "cnn newsroom."
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and good morning, i'm carol costello. thanks for joining me. can donald trump the flame thrower pivot to peacemaker. he will hold his first official meeting with the head of state. then mr. trump will travel to the border state of arizona for a major speech on what propelled his candidacy but also polarized millions of people on both sides of the border. that includes mexico's former president vicente fox who ripped into trump this morning on cnn. >> he is not welcome to mexico. by 130 million people. we don't like him. we don't want him. we reject his visit. i don't understand why president pena has offered this opportunity. i think it's nothing more than a political stunt. trump is using, mexico is using
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president pena to boost his sinking poll numbers. i think the president pena is making a enormous political risk by hosting trump. >> we're covering all the angles this morning. beginning in mexico city with political commentator gabriel guna caprias. how is mexico characterizing this visit by trump? >> i think everybody's first reaction was shock and disbelief. it was a huge surprise. the story started breaking last evening by "the washington post" originally, then confirmed by the trump campaign and only later did the mexican government come out and confirm after a lot
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of coming and going. so there was a lot of confusion. i think huge surprise and shock, carol that something like this would happen. first of all, that it would happen at all. second, that it would happen on the eve of president pena's equivalent of state of the union, which is going to be a town hall tomorrow, and then that it would happen on the same day that trump is going to give his theoretically landmark immigration speech in arizona where nobody in mexico that i know is expecting any positive news. so it was i would say -- if we had to choose one word, and trust me, since last night, i've been struggling to describe my feelings. i think flabbergasted would probably be it. >> so i know that your president's poll numbers are really low. his favorability rating is
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really low. mr. trump's favorability rating is really low within mexico. so is this to help both men in their political campaigns? is that one theory that you have? >> well, you know, one, that it could be sort of an attempt. i think it's a master play by trump and his campaign because it allows him, if he plays it right and he's usually pretty good at doing these things. it will allow him to say that he is welcome in mexico. that he came here to stress his points and to not back down on any of his main promises. but, you know, i can just see the tweets coming out saying mexican's love me, they even had me for lunch at the president's house. now, i can't really see where the benefit for president pena nieto would be because, first of all, he doesn't need the poll
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numbers because he's not up for re-election. as you know, there is no re-election in mexico for president. >> but he's mired in all these scandals and controversies at the moment. >> well, yes, but this is incredibly risky. i can see how it's a gamble for trump. but, again, he has, you know, as any good former casino owner, he has the odds in his favor. but for president pena, it is a huge political risk. unless president pena can come out with a very strong, very firm address denouncing trump's racist comments, demanding that he's demonizing mexican immigrants, pointing out the benefits of a mexico and u.s. free trade. but it would be odd to invite someone so you can lecture him. and it's certainly not president pena's style. he is much more of a diplomat,
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extremely polite and a politician with finesse. so i really am struggling to understand the logic behind the mexican government's action. i can definitely see why donald trump would jump at the invitation. >> gabriel guerra castellanos, thank you. the immigration speech will take place in arizona. jason carroll has a preview of that. hi, jason. >> good morning, carol. we can't really talk about the speech without talking about this meeting. a couple of things about the meeting before i talk about the speech. we should say that meeting will be aprivate meeting. no press will be allowed. mike pence has already given some indication of what might be discussed. he said that he is confident that the wall on the border that donald trump intends to build will be discussed at that meeting. unsure if donald trump or the
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mexican president will bring up who intends to pay for that wall. if it is being built. mike pence called it a beginning, quote, of a conversation. we do know that donald trump will be joined by former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. senator jeff sessions will be present at the meeting. as well as jared kushner, his son-in-law. so just want to give you a few details about the meeting before we moved on to the speech. now for the speech, most anticipated speech. we know donald trump is expected to draw a sharp difference between his position and hillary clinton's. which he says is essentially amnesty. trump's hard-line supporters are waiting to see if trump will keep his promise to use a deportation force to move an estimated 11 million undocumented people out of the united states. his critics have been saying all along that trump has been flip-flopping on his stance after he indicated there might be a, quote, softening, on what to do with the millions of
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undocumented people. last night, his son spoke to cnn's anderson cooper and gave some insight into some of the topics that trump might address during his speech. >> we have to let i.c.e. do their job, enforce the existing laws. some of this isn't rocket science. i mean, these are laws there today. they've been on the books for years. and these guys are basically told they can't do that. so we have to have baby steps first. we have to let i.c.e. do their jobs. we have to do this for the benefit of the american people. >> carol, it should be noted trump has never used the term baby steps in reference to his immigration policy. for most part, trump has used explosive rhetoric and has taken a hard-line approach. his running mate saying this morning trump's speech will speak for itself. >> i think we'll let this speech speak for itself, but i don't think they'll -- i really don't think they'll be any relationship to that.
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i know donald trump has been working on the speech tonight very earnestly. he and i had conversations about it. his team has been, you know, meeting over this question. i think tonight's speech will be a very, very important, if not historic, speech about an issue that donald trump almost singularly put at the center of the national debate. >> historic speech. we are all waiting to see exactly what trump will say. carol. >> all right, jason carroll, thanks so much. so let's talk about this with cnn political commentator and trump supporter jeffrey lord. steven choy, executive director of new york state immigration action fund which has endorsed hillary clinton. welcome to both of you. so jeffrey, you heard gabriel right at the start of the show. he does say this may help mr. trump. what do you make of this? >> leadership. one of the things that crossed my mind is richard nixon going to china. where you have a president in
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that case who was a hard-line anti-communist and yet he opened the doors for real change with china. >> but president nixon didn't talk about china in quite the terms that donald trump has talked about mexico. >> he talked about communism in those terms. this was communist china. >> he didn't say china was sending its criminals into the united states and china was corrupt and -- >> what donald trump is talking about repeatedly is enforcing our immigration laws. building the wall. we simply can't -- i mean, this is a country, our country, is 100% composed of the descendants of immigrants. so it's not about being anti-immigrant. it's simply saying that you can't come into this country or any country for that matter illegally and just expect to stay there. and that's the way it's going to work. imagine in 11 million americans went south of the border and said we're just going to settle in mexico. i think the mexican government would not be too pleased. >> steven, what do you make of
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mr. trump's visit? >> clearly, i think what you're seeing here is a desperate campaign. seeing some effort to pivot to the middle. the problem is for the past 15 months, this man has been spewing out anti-immigrant hate and vitriol. you can't walk that back. the past 15 months, the two things he's made the center poo piece of his campaign has been a deportation force and a border wall, both are which not serious solutions to immigration. his rhetoric has really upped the ante here. the things he said have created an anti-immigrant climate of fear and hiss steysteria. so the idea now that he is saying essentially my tactics aren't changing but my words are. words matter. words have consequences. for the 42 million immigrants that live here in the united states, his words for the past 15 monthses have had consequences. we felt that. he can't walk that back.
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you can't put that genie back in the bottle at this point. >> so mr. trump's going to go to mexico and, like you say, this will show what a great leader he is. vicente fox was on "new day" this morning. he's the former mexican president. he said mr. trump was not welcome in mexico and mexicans do not like donald trump. so of course donald trump sent out a tweet this morning and he said, former president vicente fox who is railing against my visit to mexico today also invited me when he apologized for using the "f" bomb and vicente fox did use the "f" bomb. vicente fox also e-mailed back and said, donald trump, i invited you to company ae and apologize, stop lying, mexico is not yours to play with, show some respect. i know it probably was hard for mr. trump to hear fox on "new day" this morning but why engage? here's his chance to be presidential. to go to mexico and be a leader. >> for americans who may not be familiar with this, president
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fox and the current president of mexico are from opposite political parties. this is roughly like dick cheney or george w. bush engaging with -- >> i assume mr. trump knows that. >> right. >> so why engage? >> well, because -- >> he knows they're playing politics. why engage? >> because he does know they're playing politics. you know, he's not afraid to stand up to people here. vicente fox has been particul particularly out there, using the "f" bomb, as was perfectly plain. he's doubtless got his own political motives within mexico. so, you know, that's democracy at work. let him say what he wants to say. >> so was this back and forth, was this a good thing to do right before he's going to go meet with the current mexican president? >> i don't understand why he's going to mexico and i don't understand why the president is inviting him. i think the real question is why isn't donald trump going to mexican american communities in the united states. why is he going to mexico? i guarantee you the reaction he's going to get from mexican
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american communities in the united states is going to be completely different. 15 months ago, he called mexicans rapists and drug dealers. that set the tone. people understand that. there's consequences. >> jeffrey might say he is going to give his speech in arizona. there are lots of hispanics in arizona. >> we're in the 11th hour of this campaign. i mean, the fact is that donald trump has already shown his true colors around immigration. he's already talked about a bunch of none sensical ideas that nobody thinks will actually do anything. these are not serious solutions -- >> that's not true. >> -- the deportation force, that's not going to happen. >> he's already walked back the deportation force, right, but not the wall. >> right -- >> i mean, even ted cruz said it was too extreme for him. we're not going to have a deportation force rounding up 11 million undocumented immigrants. it would make us instantly an oppressive police state and a violation of every kind of ethics we think about. the fact of the matter is, we need to think about real
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solutions to immigration looking forward. none of that is coming from donald trump right now. >> we'll hear what he has to say in his speech later today. jeffrey lords, steven choi, thank you. will trump's visit to mexico soothe his concerns about his ability to work with world leaders? a former adviser to four u.s. presidents weighs in next. marcopolo! marco...! polo! marco...! polo!
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hillary clinton and donald trump's battle for the white house has gone international. well, sort of. donald trump heads to mexico to meet with the nation's president. clinton will be in ohio talking to the american legion about veterans issues. at least one person, trump's running mate, mike pence, says the difference in the two events is very telling. cnn's chris frates in washington. >> with the big trip to mexico, his campaign is trying to position him as the statesman of
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the race while suggesting hillary clinton is m.i.a. on the world stage. >> i don't know where hillary clinton is. i heard she's going to cincinnati today but i think the american people can see quite a contrast between donald trump, who gets an invitation from a world leader, drops what he's doing, even with a major speech on the schedule for tonight, and heads down to next co-to sit down with the president of that country to begin a conversation about how we move the interests of the american people forward and how we work with our neighbors in a more constructive and effective way. >> but the clinton campaign was quick to argue that trump's rhetoric about mexico has off be been less than construct. threat being to deport undocumented immigrants and ban remittances if mexico doesn't pay for a border wall. clinton spokeswoman jennifer palmeiri said what ultimately matters is what donald trump says to voters in arizona, not mexico, and whether he remains
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committed to splitting up families and deportation of millions. now, a senior campaign aide telling cnn the mexican president also requested to meet with clinton. the aides say clinton last met with the president in 2014, noting they stay in regular contact with government officials. and clinton looks forward to talking to the president again at the, quote, appropriate time. the focus will remain on trump's meeting with the mexican president and his immigration speech in arizona, carol. >> all right, chris frates reporting live from washington, thank you. joining me, david gergen, cnn senior political analyst and former presidential adviser to nixon, ford, reagan and clinton. hi, david. >> hello, carol. >> hello. so do you think hillary clinton should cancel her trip to ohio or whatever other campaign stop she has and go to mexico? >> no, of course not. i think like all the rest of us, she'll be watching donald trump on a high wire. this is so classical trump, isn't it? you know, it's very theatrical.
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impromptu. high risk. but maybe high reward. we'll have to see how it comes out. if he were to leave mexico and the president of mexico and donald trump both said we're going to see how we can work things out amicably and it also would follow the harder line that trump has taken. that would be a big win for trump. it would show him doing things on the foreign policy stage, standing up for america's interest, that sort of thing. on the the other hand, he's a reviled figure in mexico. the president of mexico himself is pretty unpopular. his politics would dictate that he stand up to trump. we'll have to see how that -- if trump goes down there and gets, you know, slapped around a little bit, that may play very differently into the campaign here. >> how can he soften his stance on any of his core issues? for example, deporting those 11 million people. building the wall. getting rid of nafta. negotiating trade deals. how can donald trump possibly
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appear at this moment to soften on those issues with, of all people, the mexican president? >> that's absolutely right. if the mexican president seems to be persuading trump to drop this hard-line stance, soften up, that will despirit conservative supporters back home, so there's a high wire quality to this. trump loves being on the high wire, everybody watching him saying, can he make it, or is he going to fall down? and that's what gives the drama. but it's a much more complicated set issues. the truth is, carol, the wall had been receding a little bit from public attention and all the attention now has been on deportation policies. ways he going to do with these 11 million that he promised to support and he seems to be softening? by going to mexico, he brings the wall back squarely into the conversation. the president of mexico has spoken out in the strong, strong terms against this wall. he said we're not going to pay for it. you know, the president of mexico at one time compared
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trump to hitler and muse lynn that. he walked that back. the relationships here are not good. when jeffrey lord was here he compared this to nixon's trip to china back in the early '70s. i happened to work in the white house for nixon during that time. let me tell you one big, big difference here and what will gal a lot of foreign policy people. the nixon trip to china was meticulously planned out in advance. it was all orchestrated. so you knew what the outcome was. the american president does not usually go to a capital without knowing what's going to happen in the talk before he gets there. it's all planned out by the agents, agreed to carefully. this was all done, you know, last minute. they decided over the weekend let's accept the invitation, let's rush down there. this has a lot to do with trying to throw a long pass. >> it's funny you should say that because our great correspondent elise labot just got this advisory from the staff at the u.s. embassy in mexico. the u.s. embassy in mexico's advising the trump campaign
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against doing hastily arranged trips, suggesting it would be logistically difficult to arrange on such short notice. that's according to a source familiar with the discussion. so what are they really saying here? >> what they're really saying is, look, you know, if you're going to come down here and deal with one of our most important friends in the world, it's really important that you do this carefully. and do, you know, normally it's surprising to me that the donald trump people are not dealing with the president of mexico's people about the substance of it before they go. they seem to be going through the u.s. epbase which is weird. there's a presidential candidate -- when presidential candidates have traveled abroad before in the fall, they often do that, but they do so with this real sense, let's prepare this carefully. let's make sure we know it's going to come out before we go. let's not leave things to chance. donald trump is someone who likes to take risks. some of his risks have paid off. you've got to say about him. but some of them have backfired
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badly. we don't know which way this is going to company out. >> i'm sure you'll be watching as will i. >> we all will be. >> david gergen, thanks so much for stopping by. today, three political heavyweights are celebrating a night of big wins. trump supporter and arizona senator john mccain won his state's primary. his opponent tried to convince voters the 80-year-old senator was too old for a sixth term, didn't work. florida senator rubio won his state's primary. so did former dnc chair florida congresswoman debbie wasserman schul schultz. she came under fire after an e-mail hack suggested the dnc favored clinton over sanders in the primary. i'll be right back.
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and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. in just a few hours, donald trump will get on board the trump plane and take off for mexico to sit down with mexico's president. i said before the break that the staff at the u.s. embassy in mexico advised the trump campaign against doing a hastily arranged trip. they did advise him but it's not a critical thing, it's just a suggestion. they think the trip would be better if it was preplanned and logistically planned out. despite that, of course, mr. trump will go to mexico to meet with the president. it is a critical day for donald trump. a high-stakes meeting with mexico's president and then that major speech on immigration. many hoping to get clarity on what mr. trump intends to do about the 11 million undocumented immigrants in america. will there be a deportation force or not? >> we have a law. right? you're supposed to come in
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legally. i would get people out and i would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal. they're illegal immigrants. they got to go out. >> but how do you do it in a practical way? you think you can round up 11 million people? >> at some point, we're going to try getting them back, the good ones. >> you're going to have a deportation force and do it humanely. >> are you going to be sending in officers? >> we're going to be sending people in a very nice way -- >> -- to get them out? >> we're going to be giving notice. we're going to be saying you have to go. we have at least 11 million people in this country that came in illegally. they will go out. they will come back, some will come back, the best, through a process. they have to company bae back l. you know it's a process. you can't take 11 million at one time and say boom, we're gone. most people don't even know where they are. nobody even knows if it's 11. it could be 30 and it could be 5. nobody knows what the number is. >> okay. so maybe mr. trump will provide
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some clarity in his speech later this afternoon. with me to talk about that and more is a former border patrol agent, he's worked in homeland security and worked for immigration services. he's also written three books about immigration enforcement. welcome, sir. >> thank you. >> thank you for being with me. and just to make it clear. because we have so many partisan conversations on this network and, you know, everybody talks in a partisan way about this election. you're not sold on hillary clinton or donald trump, is that correct? >> well, i'm certainly not supporting secretary clinton. i'm not convinced at this particular point of mr. trump. aim though i believe in what he wants for our country. and i'm not convinced because of some of the statements he's made, but i think the matter here is immigration today, which is a big topic for our country. >> yes, very important topic too. so let's talk first about that
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deportation force it and we don't know if donald trump is going to tweak that idea or not. is that at all possible? >> well, i think there's a change in the rhetoric at this particular time. they're talking about baby steps or deportation. but, look, let's be very clear. the reason we are where we are today with 11, 12, 13 million undocumented in the country is because we've never had enforcement. that's what's lacking for the country. before we can even consider that the border will be secure, we need to have an effective interior immigration enforcement. it's been neglected for decades. >> so what do you mean by that? what does the united states need to do to have an effective system? >> well, one of the things we have is we've increased our agents along the border from 1,800 when i first started with the border patrol to over 20,000 right now. but there's very little priorities given for the magnet
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that attracts the millions that have come in, which is the jobs. employers not being held accountable. i.c.e. not giving it a priority to make sure that the employers will stay consistent and obey the laws. i think that's one of the things i would offer to mr. trump. if he's serious about securing our board, securing our country, we need to start with the strong interior immigration enforcement program. which we don't have right now. the priorities and the attention given by i.c.e. right now is no different than the decades of negligence. there hasn't been an interior enforcement program and that's needed. it's not just along the border. but we have 40% of the people that are in the country in an undocumented status entered with visas. so it has to go hand-in-hand. mr. trump has spoken about securing the border. but we need to secure the interior of the united states. >> okay. so what are the ways mr. trump
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wants to secure the border is to build this wall, he says it will be a physical wall that mexico will pay for. will that keep -- effectively keep -- first of all, is that even possible? secondly, is that the answer? >> well, that's not -- in my view, that's not the answer. certainly, we need barriers along certain parts of the border to make sure those communities are secure. but it goes hand-in-hand with what i just stated. we have the increased border patrol agents. if you were to ask the head of i.c.e. in washington, d.c. how many people they dedicate to employer sanctions, to auditing, to making sure employers comply with hiring laws, i don't think they would give you an answer that it's a huge number, and i'm hoping when mr. trump makes his presentation today, he gives clarity as to where he's going to go with employer sanctions, with how to deal with the folks
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time the frantic calls for help as a lone gun man opened fire inside the pulse nightclub in orlando. 49 people died in that attack. dozens injured. we want to warn you what you're about to hear are emotional phone calls mostly from family members and friends. you might find some of them disturbing. martin savidge has more for you. >> instantly these calls will transport you back to june 12th just before 2:00 in the morning. we've had transcripts of 911 calls but to actually hear them is totally different. take a listen. >> my girlfriend's hiding in the club pulse. >> they are the first 911 calls to be heard from the pulse nightclub attack. >> she's still in the bathroom. she's bleeding. she's shot. and nobody's going in for him. >> reporter: spanning three hours beginning minutes after the first shots are fired. >> how many shots did you hear? >> more than ten. >> reporter: none of these calls
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are from inside the club during the shooting. one is from a man who's just managed to escape. >> you're not injured? >> no, no, no, i'm fine. we were leaving the club and then as soon as we left, gunshots were just going like crazy. >> reporter: others are from the family members and friends receiving desperate calls or texts from those inside relaying to authorities a chilling glimpse of the unfolding horror. >> one of our friends sent us a text and said he's been shot and he's in the bathroom and no one sees him. >> reporter: one man overcome with fear and frustration after multiple calls unloads on the operator, unable to understand why police have not rescued his girlfriend. >> there are now four dead in the bathroom and two are bleeding out and somebody's going to get there soon, they're going to die. this is already the [ bleep ] fifth time -- don't tell me -- >> sir, we have people there -- >> reporter: these are the rollover calls, calls that went to the orange county sheriff's department after the orlando 911
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call center became overloaded. operators try to get information. >> where's your brother located in the club? >> reporter: and try to console desperate family members. >> we are in the club. we're searching for everybody. we're pulling victims out. >> reporter: it will be hours more before the world learns the extent of the mass killing. carol, these are not the only 911 calls. there are believed to be many, many more. the ones that were actually made to the orlando police department for instance. but right now the orlando police department is holding on to them. because they say they are part of their ongoing investigation. carol. >> martin savidge reporting live for us this morning, thank you. still to come in the "newsroom," a staggering drop in the elephant population. cnn's exclusive trip to the heart of africa's crisis, next. . only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan,
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for decades, the population of african elephants has been guesswork. a large upswing in poaching of illegal ivory driven by demand in china hammered the most common savannah elephant species. i want to warn you, some of the
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pictures you're about to see are extremely disturbing. cnn's david mckenzie has an exclusive report from botswana. >> reporter: getting ready to fly in botswana's far north. elephant ecologist mike chase has spent years counting savannah elephant from the sky. >> never before have we ever conducted a standardized survey for african elephants at a continental scale. >> reporter: all right, start counting. hundreds of air crew counting elephants in 18 countries across the continent. over two years. >> elephant seven. seven elephants, right? >> reporter: flying the distance to the moon and then some. their results more shocking than anyone imagined. >> we spent thousands of hours of counting, flying over areas where elephants historically occur. but are no longer present in
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these habitats. >> reporter: killed for their ivory. in seven short years, up to 2014, elephant numbers dropped by a staggering amount. almost one-third. across africa, the numbers are crashing. if nothing changes, the elephant population will halve in less than a decade. in some areas, they will go extin extinct. >> in some landscapes, we saw more dead elephants than live elephants. >> reporter: there's a disturbing uptick on the poaching of the borders of batswana and namibia. this bull was killed, it seems, just a few days ago even. >> three days. >> reporter: three days? >> max. >> reporter: you can smell it all the way from here. wow. he was spectacular. look how big he was. >> awful. >> reporter: in fact, not even three days. there you have a clear evidence that his face is hacked away.
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he met his end with people chopping away at his tusks. you've grown up in this country. you are from batotswana. what is it like to see these magnificent beasts killed like this. >> i don't think anybody in the world has seen the number of dead elephants over the last few years. for me, this becomes a lot more personal. >> we'll continue to checkpoint. >> reporter: to fight the war, botswana has mobilized the army. with more than 700 troops guarding its northern border. patrols spend days in the bush on force armed with a shoot to kill policy for poachers. they're up against a sophisticated enemy. they're looking for any sign of poachers. if they come across them, they're often highly organized groups of about 12 people. two of them could be shooters often. and those shooters are frequently foreign special forces.
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mike chase's research proves if we can't protect elephants, they will learn to protect themselves. >> you can hear him snoring. >> he's in his prime, about 30 years of age. it's these young bulls that have the propensity to move dramatic distances past the conservation corridors. >> reporter: their satellite tracking shows the elephants use incredible levels of intelligent to avoid poaching hot spots in neighboring countries. retreating to the relative safety within botswana. it's quite incredible being this close to this animal. >> it is. it certainly is. >> reporter: we call this bull promise. for the promise that mike chase has made and perhaps we all should to save this magnificent speci species. >> our thanks to david mckenzie for that report. still to come in the "newsroom," the long foregidden island now much less of a
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checking some top stories at 57 minutes past. history in the skies. for the first time in more than 50 years, direct commercial air service from the u.s. to cuba resumed today. this is a jetblue flight. it took off from ft. lauderdale. renee marsh, our correspondent, is on board that plane, we understand, just landed in cuba. so history is made. rene marsh will be reporting from cuba a little later on, on cnn today so stay tuned. brazil's suspended president could be ousted in a final senate vote. she is accused of mishandling the budget. her former vice president, already the acting president,
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would take over permanently. singer chris brown facing assault with a deadly weapon following a 14-hour impasse with police in his suburban l.a. home. police say a woman called 911 claiming brown threatened her with a gun and told her to leave. brown refused to let police inside until they got a warrant. and he posted videos on social media saying he was being unfairly demonized. he eventually surrendered to police. his lawyers tweeting overnight the allegations are false. right now, watches and warningings are in place as a tropical depression takes aim at florida's gulf coast. the system expected to strengthen to a tropical storm later today. in the meantime, north carolina's outer banks expected to get drunked with several inches of rain. a second tropical depression is sitting off the coast of cape hatteras but now moving back out to sea. this thursday, cnn films will premiere "holy hell," a
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look into a spiritual group. the film takes an up-close and personal look at the group's leader, who attracted hundreds of followers through his controversial movement. take a look. >> he was contemporary. he wasn't some little old man with a gray beard. he was wearing speedos and ray-bans, you know, and he was dancing and he was doing, you know, contemporary music. >> he spoke four or five languages. he was amazingly humorous, witty. >> very playful like a child. he could dance. help was artistic. he was all those things we all wanted to be. >> he was unlike anyone i've ever met before. he encouraged me to drop all my ideas of what i thought i was supposed to be. >> i finally felt like i was on the right path. i attended every group meeting. and even went to the weekly hip
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sessions. >> i really felt something important was happening in my life. >> don't miss this inside look into the bud da field's journey for enlightenment and the consequences that followed, "holy hell," thursday, 9:00 p.m. eastern. "at this hour" with berman and bolduan starts now. hello, i'm john berman. kate bolduan is off. the breaking news this morning. donald trump taking a pretty stunning detour from the campaign trail. right now, he is headed to mexico. not new mexico but old mexico, the country he wants to wall off and send a bill. the country he claims is sending criminals and rapists to the u.s. the country whose president compared him to hitler and muse


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